Three new cases of COVID-19 reported in North Central Monday

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Saskatchewan health officials reported three new cases of COVID-19 in North Central, which includes Prince Albert, on Monday.

In the province there was a total of 103 new cases reported. Saskatoon led the province with 52 new cases reported.

One case with pending residence information was also added to North Central.

No deaths were reported Monday, the number of deaths in Saskatchewan related to COVID-19 currently sits at 527.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 70 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 34 active cases and North Central 3 has 32 active cases.

There are currently 133 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 105 reported as receiving in patient care, there are four in North Central. Of the 28 people reported as being in intensive care, there are two in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 142, or 11.6 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 45,709 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,537 are considered active.

Another 229 recoveries were reported on Monday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 43,645.

Since the start of the pandemic, 10,043 cases are from the North area (4,340 North West, 4,177 North Central and 1,526 North East).

There were 2,386 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on May 19.

As of today there have been 845,350 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 6,466 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 662,854.

There were 391 doses administered in the North Central zone reported on Thursday. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, North West, Far North Central, Far North East, Far North Central, Central West, Central East, South Central, South East, South West, Regina and Saskatoon.

There were 163 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

According to the province, 76 per cent of residents over the age of 40, 70 per cent of those 30 plus and 63 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose.

Eligibility in the provincial age-based immunization program expanded last Thursday to age 12 and older. The province said this achieves the last step in Saskatchewan’s age-based first dose immunization program.

375 total variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 375 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone, as of May 23.

This was among 10,148 variants of concern identified by screening in Saskatchewan to date. Other regions with identified cases included Regina, Saskatoon, Far North East, Central West, Central East, South West, South Central and South East. There are currently 65 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 58 VOCs identified in the adjacent North East.

Regina led the province with 4,538 identified VOCs.

There were no new lineage results reported today. Of the 5,431 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 5,273 are B. (UK), 10 are B.1.351 (SA), 124 are P.1. (Brazilian) and 24 are B.1.617 (Indian).

The B.1.617 (Indian) has been identified in North Central.